noun, plural mis·sion·ar·ies. Also mis·sion·er.
- mission control,
- mission creep,
- mission specialist,
- mission statement,
- mission viejo,
- missionary apostolic,
- missionary position,
- missionary ridge,
Origin of missionary
Examples from the Web for missioner
The qualities which he thinks requisite in a missioner to Japan.The Works of John Dryden, Volume XVI. (of 18)|John Dryden
There was a purpose to it all: the light, the audible dropping of the heavy key, the swift going of the Missioner.
The Missioner was silent for some moments, as if lost in a reverie.
"I justify it by the needs of human nature," the Missioner continued.
The clever women rattled their beads and writhed their necks like angry snakes without effect upon the Missioner.
noun plural -aries
1650s, from missionary (adj.). Missionary position attested by 1963, said to have been coined by Kinsey (1948), who identified its origin in work done by Polish anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski in Melanesia in the 1920s; allegedly from the term used by South Pacific peoples to describe what Christian missionaries promoted to replace their local variations. By late 1960s it became the general term for this type of sex, formerly also known as the English-American position.
"sent on a mission," 1640s, from Modern Latin missionarius "pertaining to a mission," from Latin missionem (see mission).